LINCOLNVILLE — The Select Board voted April 25 to take the next step toward putting a moratorium on the warrant for the May 25 town meeting. The moratorium would prohibit construction of any new or proposed piers, docks, floats, ramps or other permanent structures along the coast.

May 25 is the meeting in which the Lincolnville Central School budget is approved.

Citizens of the town gathered 191 signatures for a petition to put the issue before the voters.

The town attorney advised the timeline for moving the proposal forward in several steps, the first being taken at this meeting. The Select Board instructed the preparation of a town meeting warrant to include the petitioned moratorium ordinance in the April 25 meeting.

The board will review and approve this town meeting warrant May 9.

The Planning Board will hold a public hearing May 18.

Voters will decide May 25.

The petitioners make a number of arguments in the petition, saying present zoning ordinances may not adequately protect the Shoreland Zone.

The development of piers could pose serious threats to the health, safety and welfare of inhabitants, the group argues, because it is incompatible with navigation, shellfish and lobster habitats, and would diminish scenic views.

The moratorium would last 180 days, allowing the town to develop and implement amendments to its zoning ordinances and regulations.